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IHP has several ways for you to plug in and volunteer your time, whether that includes coming to Tanzania to provide medical care, administrative support, or construction muscles, or providing community outreach by hosting an event or fundraiser in your hometown where IHP can share their story with new people. Below you'll find the relevant information for all volunteers that want to make the trip to Tanzania.

Travel to and from

Children's Hospital

About an hour north of Dar es Salaam, The Children's Hospital at Zinga can be reached in less than 24 hours from the US and 8 hours from Europe by flying into the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. From there an IHP car will pick you up and bring you about an hour and a half north of the city to the hospital.

Nursing School

The Nursing School in Dodoma can be reached in less than 30 hours from the US and 14 hours from Europe by flying into the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. From there it takes six hours to drive from Dar es Salaam to the Nursing School in Dodoma.

Room and Board

Children's Hospital

In Zinga, room and board are arranged for by Paula. $40 (USD) covers the cost of room and full board per day. Laundry is available for about $5 (USD) per week.

Nursing School

In Dodoma, room is provided to volunteers.

Culture and Must-knows

For those of you who have never traveled to an emerging country, you will find it a life changing experience. There is a condition known as "Tanzaphilia" characterized by "once you have been there, you will always return". Most Tanzanians speak several languages: Swahili, English, and their mother tongue. Whether you are here for a long or short time, it is important to at least learn common greetings.

In Tanzania, greetings are very important, and before business is started, it is always expected to exchange greetings and to inquire about the state of things at home and work. There are small handbooks which will help you acquire basic greetings and words. Your local bookstore or Amazon will prove the best source for finding information on East-African Culture and common Swahili phrases.


Visas

Tourist Visas cost $100 (USD) and paid upon entering the country at the airport.

Appropriate Attire

Tanzanian culture suggests dressing modestly for everyday attire while out in the community. For women, we suggest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Men should wear pants as only children typically wear shorts.
While in the game parks, shorts and sportswear are appropriate.

Seasons

Tanzania enjoys four seasons each year: long rains (usually starting in March), long dry season (June-November), short rains (November), and the short dry season. These seasons are not always predictable and famine often occurs if the rains are not adequate or long enough to plant and harvest. Tanzania looks dramatically different in the rainy seasons and the dry seasons. Travel is adventuresome in the rainy season, but it is rewarding to see the green landscape and wild flowers. Travel is easier in the dry season, but the landscape is dry and dusty.


Emergency Contact Number

If there is an emergency and your family or friends need to contact you while you're in Tanzania, they should try Paula's cell phone number at: 011 255 754 599 269.

Volunteer Application

We are truly blessed to have such a strong demand to volunteer. Since we have limited accommodations and openings, we are asking anyone wanting to volunteer with IHP-US-TZ to submit a volunteer application. This will allow us to best match skills, needs and availability of our volunteers.

Physician Volunteers

Please note: All doctors MUST have temporary permission to practice.

Just as the United States does not allow foreign physicians to care for patients there, neither does Tanzania permit unregistered physicians to practice in Tanzania.

The cost is $300 (USD) for a two (2) year permit. Please understand that permit fees are subject to change on little or no warning and something we do not control.

Fees should be paid to International Health Partners - US with a 'For Doctor's Fees' memo and mailed to Joyce Zemel, Treasurer, 1811 So. 39th St. #36, Mesa, AZ 85206

Copies of originals should be notarized and stamped and impressed with a raised logo of the notary public. The raised impression is important since there is a belief here that this cannot be forged.

Please completely fill out a PHYSICIAN FORM

Note: The medical council here needs an original letter from your medical board stating you are in good standing. Internet downloaded pages are no longer acceptable.

Remember to check to see if you have the following seven (7) items: (If any document is missing, the process does not continue until all items are present!)

  1. Two passport pictures with your name written on the back and notarized.
  2. Notarized picture page of your passport.
  3. Curriculum vitae.
  4. Notarized copy of your MD degree. If your diploma is in another language, i.e. Latin, it MUST be translated.
  5. Notarized copy of your current license to practice.
  6. Application form (fill out and sign first two pages). Please indicate exact days you will be in Tanzania.
  7. A letter of good standing from your medical board.

Volunteer Information For All Medical Teams

All teams need to turn in their authorization documents together with the date they are coming. They should be sent via Federal Express (Fed Ex) to:

  • Jesse Kitundu
  • 966 Haile Selassie Street
  • Dar es Salaam
  • with the phone number 0784783417

Please allow time to process everything. A month would be a blessing. People go on vacation or to seminars or are ill, and we cannot control this. Also, sometimes we have electrical outages, many national holidays, and non-functioning email. It gets very stressful if Jesse Kitundu has to get the authorization a couple of hours before she gets on the plane.


Prescription Drugs/Medical Equipment

If you are bringing drugs or medical equipment, it must be run through the Tanzania Food and Drug Administration (TFDA). This is because some people are dumping expired drugs and terrible equipment into the country. Give Jesse at least 2 weeks to process these. The TFDA is one (1) hour of rough nail biting heavy traffic driving from her house, and it takes at least three (3) trips to process one (1) request. Then the request has to be mail expressed to the airport and scanned and mailed to you so you can come into the country without hassle.


Please complete the respective form for PERSCRIPTION DRUGS or MEDICAL EQUIPMENT and email it to Jesse Kitundu

Nurse Volunteers

The Nursing Council recognizes that all these forms could take a long while to complete. All items in the Application Packet are absolutely necessary before you come. They are:

  1. Application packet with all items listed below should be mailed to
    • Jesse Kitundu
    • 966 Haile Selassie Street
    • Dar es Salaam:
  2. Application form
  3. Two passport pictures - notarized
  4. Certified or notarized copy of diploma
  5. Notarized copy of current license

Note: An email to mkitundu@gmail.com that the application is coming is appreciated.

Jesse will write a letter of introduction for you to begin the process. She will pay the Nursing Council fees and you can reimburse her when you come. DO NOT send money through the mail. Two applicants have lost all their documents because someone figured out there was cash in the envelope.

The fees vary so please contact Jesse for actual amounts. At this time nursing permit fees are $200 (USD). Please understand, permit fees are subject to change on little or no notice and not something we have control over.


Fees should be paid to International Health Partners - US and noted 'For Nursing Fees'. Checks for fees should be mailed to

  1. Joyce Zemel - Treasurer
  2. 1811 So. 39th St. #36
  3. Mesa, AZ 85206

IHP-TZ will gather all the forms and bring them to the Nursing Council under a cover letter from IHP-TZ.

I know it sounds like a lot of work, but remember that the US would not allow any nurse to work there without a license, and the same applies to Tanzania.


Nursing Application Forms are available here: NURSING FORMS.


Volunteer Information For All Medical Teams

All teams need to turn in their authorization documents together with the date they are coming. They should be sent via Federal Express (Fed Ex) to:

  • Jesse Kitundu
  • 966 Haile Selassie Street
  • Dar es Salaam
  • with the phone number 0784783417

Please allow time to process everything. A month would be a blessing. People go on vacation or to seminars or are ill, and we cannot control this. Also, sometimes we have electrical outages, many national holidays, and non-functioning email. It gets very stressful if Jesse Kitundu has to get the authorization a couple of hours before she gets on the plane.


Prescription Drugs/Medical Equipment

If you are bringing drugs or medical equipment, it must be run through the Tanzania Food and Drug Administration (TFDA). This is because some people are dumping expired drugs and terrible equipment into the country. Give Jesse at least 2 weeks to process these. The TFDA is one (1) hour of rough nail biting heavy traffic driving from her house, and it takes at least three (3) trips to process one (1) request. Then the request has to be express mailed to the airport and scanned and mailed to you so you can come into the country without hassle.


Please complete the respective form for PRESCRIPTION DRUGS or MEDICAL EQUIPMENT and email it to Jesse Kitundu

TRAVELING TO TANZANIA

AIRPORT

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport is located in Dar es Salaam. This is the international airport which is closest to Zinga. Fly into Dar es Salaam and we’ll pick you up or arrange transport for you.

For details regarding transport from Dar es Salaam to Zinga, contact Paula at paula@ihptz.org. If you will be working in Dodoma, it is a 6 hour drive from Dar es Salaam. There are no local flights.

ROOM AND BOARD

In Zinga, room and board are arranged for by Paula. The cost of room and full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) is $40.00 (USD) per day. Laundry is available for about $5 (USD) per week.

VACCINATIONS

Yellow Fever is no longer required unless you come from somewhere where it is endemic or spend more than 12 hours in Kenya before arriving in Tanzania. We recommend that you check with the CDC website for whatever may be recommended at any certain time.

Required:

  • An up-to-date Tetanus shot
  • Hepatitis A and B (note that Hep. B shots are given 30 days apart. Make sure you have scheduled the second one before you start your travels.)
  • Have a booster for your MMR (unless you've had the diseases mumps, measles, rubella)
  • Immunization for chicken pox (unless you've had the disease) as we do have frequent cases of chicken pox
  • DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) shot if you haven't already had one
  • Polio booster, if you have not had one for ten years
  • Yellow Fever is required, especially if you’ve flown in through Kenya.
  • Malaria prophylaxis; check with your personal physician for the best choice for you.

Optional:

  • check with the CDC as to their requirements (not always the same as recommendations). Typhoid vaccination, either the injection or the new oral.

CLOTHING

Because the area is heavily Muslim, it is very important to dress modestly and not offend the people around us. Women should bring at least one well-below the knee skirt to wear to church or other “dress up” occasions. Tight slacks or jeans are inappropriate, as are short tops exposing the belly. Shoulders and knees are covered for both men and women except when guys are playing sports. Long dresses are perfect for girls and women. Cargo pants and a shirt are common among boys and men. Consider bringing a raincoat if you’re here between October and March!

If you are in the game parks, shorts and sportswear are acceptable. However, if you are in towns or upcountry, modest clothing is necessary. In Dar es Salaam, dress is more westernized and relaxed, but short shorts are never appropriate, anywhere.

 

Medical people can work in scrubs in the clinic, but please, not in town. Closed toed shoes must be worn in the clinic, but sandals or tennis shoes are acceptable elsewhere.

THINGS TO BRING

  • Flashlight and batteries are a must for moving about outside after dark and inside during power outages
  • High percent DEET insect repellent
  • Sting or itch stop
  • Personal needs, especially feminine products
  • Photocopies of passport, credit cards, etc.
  • Swahili dictionary or phrase book
  • Lonely Planet or other Tanzania guide books
  • Sunscreen/sunblock >SPF 30

THINGS TO SEE & DO

You can go walking with a partner. You can play games with the local youth, they’re very welcoming, i.e., soccer and basketball. As far as night life, it’s not much of an option for visitors. We don’t have transport available at night and taxis do not run after 9:00 P.M.

SAFARI

There are tour companies that can assist you in scheduling a safari. We recommend Pure-Afro Travels at info@pure-afro.com. There are several levels of travel and what you want to spend is up to you. Vesna is the queen of detail and follow-up and we feel confident in having our guests in her care.

STAY PROTECTED

In addition to the prophylaxis provided by the shots and oral drugs listed above you should:

  • Drink only bottled or boiled water including when you brush your teeth.
  • Follow the instructions for handling dishes, showers, etc.
  • Always use a high Deet insect repellent when outside, especially at dusk and/ or on safari in the tsetse fly areas. They are vicious and painful!
  • Do not walk barefoot outside.
  • Close doors and non-screened windows at dusk to keep the bugs out.
  • Follow instructions posted for cleaning fruit and vegetables even before you peel them for eating.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We recommend travel insurance; check your insurance provider to see what’s covered.

CELL PHONES

Some U.S. cell phones work out here; contact your provider for information about international rates and charges. However, we use pre-paid phones here with cards you buy to put money into the phone. A cell phone here costs about $30.00 on up.
For some cell phones, especially European ones, just buying a Tanzanian sim card will do, but it must be registered here in Tanzania. That doesn’t cost much, but takes a little time to do. You must have your ID with you when you register it.
Volunteers who leave the compound should have a cellphone (their own or a guest phone) so they can stay in touch with Paula if needed.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

If there is an emergency and your family or friends need to contact you while you're in Tanzania, they should try Paula's cell phone number at: 011 255 754 559 269.